MAT OXLEY ON CASEY STONER:
For those that haven’t seen it, Oxley wrote a “glowing” piece on Casey Stoner in the February issue of BIKE magazine. I quote verbatim just a very small part of this: “He doesn’t hang back and pretend to make a race of it and why should he? That’d be like Brazil allowing England to score a couple of goals to cheer-up a football game. In other words, ludicrous. Neither does Stoner do theatrical victory celebrations and nor does he ask us to follow him on Twitter. He’s a connoisseur’s racer (thanks, Mat), he doesn’t want you to like him, all he wants is respect.”
The motorcycle media have certainly changed their tune on Stoner now they fully realise the handicaps he overcame to go so fast to place in & win so many races with Ducati. With Honda there is no doubt he has more than proved his point & his place as a bona fide “great”.
But what do we get? Irrational “haters, knockers & resentful, jealous dopes” that dredge-up negative & totally disproven “psycho-babble opinions” from years ago - & even try to use “statistics” showing their “hero” winning “more”– like, the 9 years between 1997 to 2005 - when Stoner was still a child of 11-12, or just a kid competing in 125 & 250. These are “Apples & Oranges” comparisons – illegitimate & illusory - so much unadulterated bullshit. This is believed by fantasists & reality deniers of the worst kind – consider the flakiness of those who keep trying to foist this crap on others.
Add up that litany of contradictory, irrational or simply silly opinions, and it’s enough to make anyone with an ounce of nous suspect many bike fans are, well, not entirely sophisticated or rational.
“The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid,” says the Head of a US political polling firm. “I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a poll that are inherently contradictory that at least once a week.
It is akin to some Republican primary voters still questioning the US President’s religion and nationality. This shows an alarming & mystifying willingness to turn issues that should be factual or non-factual into opinions. Shown Obama’s birth certificate, they’re just going to say ‘well in my opinion he’s not a real American.’ It’s not about the birth certificate; it’s about expressing hatred for Obama in any form they can.
It’s just the same for some with Casey Stoner. Ignore the obvious talent & success – just play the man, every time a coconut. How did we become so “polarised” & implacably shallow & silly? These dolts are the modern equivalent of an eclectic mix of Troglodyte, Luddite & Village Idiot. There is nothing anyone can do to try & educate a closed & simple mind... Cheers
PS: apologies for the Brand & Bieber thing – almost chucked into my IOM Doohan Replica Arai just thinking on it...Sorry